About 11,500 cattle were destroyed as part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency's investigation and control measures and owners of those cattle received compensation. | File photo

Ranch operations hit by TB likely to see added tax deferrals

MEDICINE HAT, Alta. — Alberta and Saskatchewan ranchers affected by the discovery and investigation of bovine tuberculosis last year are likely to see an improved set of income tax deferrals. About 11,500 cattle were destroyed as part of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s investigation and control measures and owners of those cattle received compensation. About […] Read more

Source of TB in Alta. herd may remain unknown

The source of bovine tuberculosis found in six Alberta cattle last year may never be found. It’s a perplexing aspect to a situation that affected many ranchers in Alberta’s southeastern region near Jenner and Saskatchewan ranchers along the nearby provincial border. Approximately 11,500 animals have been killed to ensure eradication of the disease, and another […] Read more

Officials with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which is in charge of the investigation and eradication of the disease, said Feb. 3 that no new cases have been found beyond the original six animals. | File photo

Cattle TB investigation nears end

The bovine tuberculosis discovery and investigation that became a nightmare for southeastern Alberta ranchers may be coming to a wakeful end. Officials with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, which is in charge of the investigation and eradication of the disease, said Feb. 3 that no new cases have been found beyond the original six animals. […] Read more


The investigation into bovine tuberculosis continues in southeastern Alberta. | File photo

Bovine TB investigation continues in Alberta

The investigation into bovine tuberculosis continues in southeastern Alberta. Cows from quarantined herds that did not react to TB tests are being processed at Cargill Foods in High River, Alta., and JBS Meats in Brooks, Alta. The beef is safe for human consumption. Animals that tested positive and calves are being handled at a federal […] Read more

Compensation should be in the hands of Alberta ranchers affected by bovine tuberculosis before Christmas. | File photo

Alta. ranchers affected by TB should receive compensation by Christmas

Compensation should be in the hands of Alberta ranchers affected by bovine tuberculosis before Christmas. Applications for help through the 2016 bovine tuberculosis assistance initiative is now available and a number of affected producers have already applied to Alberta Financial Services Corporation which is processing requests. “We urge the remaining ranchers to complete the application […] Read more


An uncertain future looms over a community of southern Alberta ranchers whose operations are in quarantine because of bovine tuberculosis.
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Alberta ranchers lament loss of herds

An uncertain future looms over a community of southern Alberta ranchers whose operations are in quarantine because of bovine tuberculosis. “I had no knowledge or inkling about TB and never thought I could end up with such a wreck,” said Brad Osadczuk, whose cow was the original animal diagnosed with the infectious disease in early […] Read more

A bovine tuberculosis imposed quarantine was lifted on six premises in southern Alberta yesterday. | File photo

TB quarantine lifted on six ranches; testing continues

A bovine tuberculosis imposed quarantine was lifted on six premises in southern Alberta yesterday. Testing continues on about 45 herds, where 26,000 animals remain under quarantine, said Dr. Harpreet Kochhar, chief veterinary officer for the Canadian Food Inspection Agency. No further positive cases have been detected, and the last round of animals that reacted to […] Read more

About 26,000 animals are now quarantined in southeastern Alberta as testing for bovine tuberculosis continues. | File photo

Alberta ranchers get help with TB costs

About $16.7 million in assistance has been committed to Alberta ranchers to help them deal with added costs due a bovine tuberculosis quarantine. Help is coming through the AgriRecovery program to cover added costs for feed and disinfection as well as water and feeding facilities. It can also cover the costs of calves that might […] Read more


About 26,000 animals are now quarantined in southeastern Alberta as testing for bovine tuberculosis continues. | File photo

TB testing in Alta., Sask., should be done next month

About 26,000 animals are now quarantined in southeastern Alberta as testing for bovine tuberculosis continues. Testing should be finished by early January, said Dr. Harpeet Kochhar, chief veterinary officer at the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Dec. 7. About 50 premises are quarantined, including five in Saskatchewan. Animals that react to skin tests are to be […] Read more

Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAuley said help is coming to producers faced with extraordinary costs as a result of being quarantined due to bovine tuberculosis. Affected producers can receive up to $400,000, with the first $100,000 being interest free. | File photo

Ranchers to get compensation for TB quarantine

The cattle in quarantine cannot be sold, and Ottawa is offering financial assistance with winter feeding costs

Financial assistance will be available to help Alberta and Saskatchewan ranchers cope with expenses from having cattle in quarantine during a bovine tuberculosis investigation. Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay made the commitment Nov. 24 in the House of Commons. “I am pleased to confirm that, working with the province, we are committed to compensate these […] Read more